Bring Me the Horizon
There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andrew Desjardin USER (7 Reviews)
September 29th, 2010 | 192 replies | 15,489 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: BMTH tweaks their style with a much more matured Metalcore release.

9 of 11 thought this review was well written

I don't really like Bring Me The Horizon, I won't lie about this. I considered Suicide Season a confusing endeavor, and Count Your Blessings always sat as a little overrated in my book, and everything I've heard about the band itself ranges from nauseating to disturbing. All things considered, I didn't expect a good album from them any time soon, so I just chalked it up to me not liking the bands style.

Then I heard their single "F*ck". I have to be honest, that song alone arose interest in this release for me. So I held out, and waited, listening to "F*ck" several dozen times, and wondering what exactly it was about the song that was different from the rest of their work, and it finally hit me the other day at work. It's the guest vocals. The clean vocals meshed perfectly with their style, and made them sound respectable even given the cluttered layout of the song.

So now the album is out there, and since the name is kind of ridiculous I'll just abbreviate it as Hell... for the remainder of this review.

1. Crucify Me
So Hell... opens up with Crucify Me which starts out with a rather melodic introduction that feeds straight into BMTH's metal "wall-of-sound" and Oli Sykes screaming like a maniac. Only about a minute into the song, the song features the first of many Electronic elements that are present on Hell... and not even a minute later they are heavily used on the song's Chorus which is a rather melodic and slowed down affair featuring Canadian singer-songwriter Lights. Upon first listening all I could say was; "Well this is new...", and to be honest it was a welcomed change. The incorporation of melodic and rhythmic segments in this album really help it out.

The song is also rather long clocking in at just over 6 minutes, but it doesn't get overly repetitive or thinly spread. It's actually one of the more enjoyable tracks on the album featuring a very unique feel and progression with a mixture of Metalcore, Electronic, and even Pop influences. The addition of Lights to this track was almost shamefully perfect.

2. Anthem
Now generally speaking, Anthem tracks annoy the **** out of me. Once you've heard one you know exactly what every single one is going to be, from the sickening sing-along chorus to the nauseating upbeat energy. BMTH apparently felt the same way, so they decided to release a satirical Anthem track titled... Anthem. Everything is cliche, and it's clearly intentional, but it's also kind of refreshing. It reminds me of the song Ad A Dglgmut by Between The Buried And Me, where they poke fun at modern metal bands with such lines as;

"It all makes sense... we're capable of beauty.
Through sounds which make one cringe.
...
A silent death, a silent scream...
You can't follow me, you sing along to nothing."


This is essentially the feel of the entire song Anthem. BMTH might not have made a masterpiece, but they at least had fun making it, and that makes it a semi-respectable song in my books.

3. It Never Ends
It Never Ends features a very odd introduction by BMTH's standards, but is one of the many songs to feature slowed down and echoed segments. The band doesn't really revolutionize, but rather masters their own style. It Never Ends has a lot of Electronic sections and Bass Booms, as do most BMTH songs, but it sounds a lot cleaner and fresh. It doesn't build on a bland sound like most of the songs off Suicide Season did. Around 3:30 there is a very nice breakdown that is almost beautiful in it's simplicity. Altogether this song continues to build towards what I consider the highlight track of the album, and continues to prove that BMTH have definitely improved on Hell...

4. F*ck
Ah, the first song I heard from the album. This song alone really set the bar for this album. I almost wish BMTH could keep their music entact and mix in more clean vocals, because it really works. Sure, the song isn't as hardcore and pulse-pounding as their other tracks, but it is a lot more enjoyable and unique. Where their songs in the past just blended together and sounded the same, "F*ck" is hugely refreshing and unique by comparison, even given it's sometimes confusing layout and progression. It's not the greatest track I've ever heard, but it is very enjoyable.

5. Don't Go
Don't Go opens with a rather cliche intro, and features Oli shouting over a combination of violin and drums. It slowly builds into a nicely melodic song with some very nice guest vocals from Lights. Although the lyrics are kind of weak, they fall into that category where you know they are kind of lame, but you still want to sing along. It kind of reminded me of Bullet For My Valentine, where their lyrics are severely elementary, but every time it's on in my car I'll be damned if I don't sing along. The song's slower pace might cause a lot of people to turn away, but with the vocals from Lights it's altogether a very solid track.

6. Home Sweet Hole
At a first listen you'd pretty much expect this to be a pretty straightforward track, but it has a few twists and turns. Firstly, the mixture of Electronic elements throughout help pace the song and keep things varied, and pseudo-breakdowns where first Oli stops yelling and recites his lines as a dull roar, and secondly where all sound fades out followed by a rather predictable bass boom. The song is pretty typical of the band, but it's a rather good listen, even with it's goofy anthem-esque sing-along hook.

7. Alligator Blood
Other than the confusing name this song is another good example of what the band is doing to switch up their sound. It strings together segments of their "wall-of-sound" guitar shredding with varying melodies. It shows that on Hell... BMTH is taking a much more rhythmic approach to their songs, which greatly improves their listenability. This track does also start to feature the return of Oli's horribly mediocre growls.

8. Visions
Truth be told, this far into the album I was starting to get kind of annoyed by their sing-along chorus'. In just about every track they have echoed hook's that just start to blend together and annoy. But as I mentioned on Aligator Blood we are re-united with the lesser abilities of Oli Sykes with some very irritating growls throughout the middle of the track. Other than that I really did like Visions. It featured more rhythmic variation and electronic elements to help pace the song and keep it interesting.

9. Blacklist
Blacklist starts out with a sole bass line and builds with a muffled guitar riff and some drum-work. Then it all goes into an Electronic blender with Oli's vocals. It's not necessarily a bad track, but it's very much different from most of the album. If I had to be honest, I do like this track because it slows down the pace of the band which is mostly just screamed vocals with a repeated guitar riff and juxtaposed continuous guitar shredding. BMTH's approach to mixing Electronic elements into their music both shines and fizzles on Blacklist. I thought it was a great track, but I could easily see the opposite being true, where a lot of people will hate it.

10. Memorial
Much like the previous song, Memorial starts out very muffled, but this time with an Electronica-style intro that isn't immediately int erupted with an onslaught of noise. It's actually an interlude, but is curiously late in the album. That is actually one of the curious elements of this album, it seems mixed up. Not in the traditional sense where people will say the artist is confused or mixed-up artistically, I mean it feels like the tracks are out of order. "Blacklist" would make a great introductory track by some standards, and Memorial would be much better in the middle of the album to kind of give the listeners a break.

11. Blessed With a Curse
Provided with a perfect transition courtesy of Memorial, Blessed With a Curse starts with the now standard progressive muffled build-up and timed entrance of typical BMTH vocals. But this track is different. Instead of cutting to a barrage of guitar and drums like we had seen on Suicide Season, a more matured Hell... features a rather melodic approach.

12. Fox And The Wolf
To prevent the album from ending after 8 minutes of slower-paced work, BMTH returns to their more energetic selves with Fox And The Wolf. It's a rather generic BMTH song, but it has some pretty solid rhythmic elements and features a very forgettable guest appearance, but rather than dragging out the song is only 1:43 and ends rather abruptly. But let's be honest, nobody really wants to listen to 6 minutes of what can be heard on Fox And The Wolf, so it's an almost fitting ending.

At the end of the album I was almost hoping for a more clear resolution, it had a rather sloppy ending, but as I said earlier, it really did feel like the tracks are unorganized in terms of their physical position on the album. If they had put more time into the orientation of the tracks, it could have easily improved the progression of the album. That's not to say Hell... isn't a good album because of this, but it's one of the glaring flaws I could find.

With Hell... BMTH isn't trying to revolutionize music. They are not trying to be the sound of a generation, they are just making music. But they are definitely getting better at it. Hell... is infinitely better than their other work, and they are fighting an uphill battle for respect amongst most Metal fans, but if they keep growing at the pace they are, their next release should be great. As it stands, Hell... represents great growth from a band that I honestly expected to continue turning out painfully mediocre work.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
emmy
September 29th 2010



205 Comments


track by track

TBliss
September 29th 2010



987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review man, and a great album.

Terrifyer
September 29th 2010



3403 Comments


This is going to be a long review... mine always are... sorry.
remove

Apollo
September 29th 2010



10239 Comments


ugh the 2nd of many terrible reviews to come about this piece of shit

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 29th 2010



17189 Comments


next time try to make your review give an overall impression of the album without it being like a math problem. it's ok for a track by track, but after several reviews you would get a better response if you branched out into more of a general summary with the pluses and minuses of the album highlighted. it makes it a lot easier/more fluid read.

botb
September 29th 2010



9518 Comments


might check this out just because lights is on it < 33

bloc
September 29th 2010



34649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

She's in like one song. It's actually the best one though :D

Okay, 2 songs. The second one is better.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

ohnoestehmusik
September 29th 2010



380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lights is so fucking hot

TheFantasticDangler
September 29th 2010



1149 Comments


why do people keep doing tbts when all they do is get harassed afterwards

Digging: Mastodon - Once More 'Round the Sun

BonRurgundy
September 29th 2010



348 Comments


bitch please.

kingjulian
September 29th 2010



1297 Comments


Ugh. Listened to the stream on myspace and couldn't make it through two songs.

xstaytrue18x
September 29th 2010



570 Comments


not listened to it and dont want to because this band is fucking terrible but this seriously cannot be a 4?

JDCRulezD00d
September 29th 2010



1 Comments


I've hated BMTH ever since Suicide Season was released but this album is just brilliant.

HaydenDyson
September 29th 2010



1019 Comments


Im listening to this on myspace.... so far from "crucify me" Im laughing at the horrible screams and the edited female vocals.

demigod!
September 29th 2010



43788 Comments


is this actually good?!

i don't wanna give it a chance.

Digging: Black Flag - My War

PinkBlackberry
September 29th 2010



2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you have x's in your name. you should adore this.


HAHAHAHAH, andcas. I fucking love you bro

WhiteWallStargazers
September 29th 2010



2647 Comments


bro

fr33convict
September 29th 2010



11687 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

broz

deathofasalesman
September 29th 2010



5808 Comments


I knew PinkBlackberry would give this a 4. I just knew it.



I, on the other hand, am not interested. Sahwi.

Dryden
September 29th 2010



12928 Comments


andcas
September 29th 2010



6063 Comments

Report this Post Album Rating: 3

walk the dog with my bro bro




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